Video shown at hearing for man accused of drugging, assaulting woman

Evenson bound over for trial

MADISON, Wis. - Surveillance video of a man and a woman on State Street was shown during a preliminary hearing Thursday for a man accused of drugging and sexually assaulting a Madison woman.

Bail was continued for Jonathan G. Evenson, 37, of Madison, who is charged with six counts of second-degree sexual assault and delivery of non-narcotics. Evenson was bound over for trial and was also referred to an electronic monitoring program.

Arraignment was not scheduled.

During the hearing, prosecutors showed video from a camera on State Street from Sept. 5 showing the 22-year-old victim going toward a cab and Evenson approaching her and talking to her. The cab driver is seen getting out of the car, talking to Evenson and the victim, getting back into his cab and driving away.

In video from the cab, the victim's roommate can be heard trying to get her to leave and the driver can be heard talking with Evenson.

The judge denied a defense motion to dismiss the sexual assault charges because of a lack of probable cause.

Police said the victim was celebrating her birthday and was intoxicated on State Street when she encountered Evenson who took her to his downtown business office and later to his home on the west side, according to police.

The man gave the victim Ecstasy and sexually assaulted the woman at both locations, according to investigators.

Evenson was an attorney with Stafford Rosenbaum LLP. The firm said in a statement it let Evenson go on Sept. 11.

According to the criminal complaint, Evanson admitted to having sex with the victim, but said it was consensual. He also said the victim took Ecstasy voluntarily.

The victim told police she remembered everything up to 1 a.m. on Sept. 5 and the rest of her memories of the night come in brief memories and partial information.

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